Provence Lavender Day Tour


18 March 2015

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Provence Lavender Day Tour

Lavender: The essence of Provence


The colour, the texture, and the scent of a lavender field encapsulate for many the essence of Provence. There are many areas where you can enjoy lavender fields. On the Plateau de Valensole. On the high plateaux around Sault.  At the foot of the Mont Ventoux.  And around Apt and Gordes. We can personalize an itinerary with your private driver guide depending on your wishes during a Provence Lavender private day tour.


When to see lavender in Provence


The lavender in the Luberon blooms from around the last week of June to the beginning of August when it is harvested. It is usually at its peak in early July, but this depends on the rainfall in the year.

If you d’like to see sunflowers and lavender together, sunflowers are in full colour in July-August. You may also find lavender fields that contain a stone borie, which makes a more interesting photo than just the lavender.


Where to see Lavender in Provence


Perhaps the most famous lavender shot in Provence is of the field in front of Senanque Abbey near Gordes. It is almost impossible not to get a memorable photo here. The best time to come is early because the light is in the right position in the morning, and it will be less crowded – a lot of people dream they can get this shot. This option can be combined with our Lavender fields from Aix or Lavender fields from Avignon

The other main famous area for Lavender is the Valensole plateau. This is the kingdom of lavender, the celebrated symbol for sun-soaked, perfumed Provence. Field after field, broken only by a lonesome almond tree, or a small stone hut or a sunflower field, you will enjoy with your private driver the bright colors of Provence. It can be combined with the visit of the Occitane factory & museum in Manosque.

Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals at Sault and Valreas, and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. In Coustellet there is even a Lavender Museum exploring the history of the cultivation of lavender in Provence.